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Dr. Lynn Horton

Associate Professor, Director, International Studies Program
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Latin America; Women (Global); International Development
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 218
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (714) 997-6976
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
The University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
New York University, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D.


Lynn Horton (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin) is an Associate Professor of Sociology.  Her areas of interest include development, globalization, Latin America, social movements, gender, and qualitative research methods.  Prior to joining the sociology faculty, she worked for non-governmental organizations on issues of human rights, sustainable development, gender equality, and the environment.  She brings a global perspective to her teaching, with a decade of work and research experience in Central America. Her books include Peasants in Arms, War and Peace in the Mountains of Nicaragua, Grassroots Struggles for Sustainability in Central America, and Women and Microfinance in the Global South. Her most recent book project explores the links between representations and performances of elite masculinity in finance and big tech and market ideologies.


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Horton, Lynn. 2017. Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in the Global South: Empowerment and Disempowerment Outcomes. Cambridge University Press
"Women's Movements in Latin America." In Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America. Edited by Paul Almeida and Allen Cordero Ulate. New York: Springer.
"Disaster through a Gender Lens: A Case Study from Haiti." In Disaster Research: Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives (Routledge Humanitarian Studies). Edited by Rasmus Dahlberg, Olivier Rubin, and Morten Thanning Vendelø. New York: Routledge.
“Grassroots Movements” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Edited by D. Snow, D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., in press.
"Is World Bank 'Good Governance' Good for the Poor? Central American Experiences." Comparative Sociology. Vol. 11(1).
"After the Earthquake: Gender Inequality and Transformation in Post-disaster Haiti." in Gender and Development. Vol. 20(2).
“From Collectivism to Capitalism: Neoliberalism and Rural Mobilization in Nicaragua.” Latin American Politics and Society. Vol. 54(4).
"Grassroots Environmental Movements" in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Law and Politics of Sustainability.
Review of "Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez's Venezuela." in Contemporary Sociology. Vol 40(6).
Conducted field work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, completing 21 interviews with local leaders of women's movements on the post-earthquake recovery period.
“Defenders of Nature and the Comarca: Frames of Ethnicity, Sustainability, and Nationalism in Panama” Mobilization. Vol 15(1).
“Buying up Nature: Economic and Social Impacts of Costa Rica’s Ecotourism Boom.” Latin American Perspectives. 36(3).